Los Angeles’s new ordinance that patrons of restaurants, gyms, bars, and salons show proof of their full vaccination Covid-19 status went into effect on Monday of this week, but many Los Angeles residents are expressing their confusion as to how, where, and when these new rules will be enforced.
Los Angeles residents took to Twitter and other social media outlets this week to ask questions about and express their support and/or concerns over these new guidelines. The newest Covid-19 ordinance for residents of Los Angeles, called SafePassLA, requires proof of full vaccination for patrons of indoor food establishments, gyms, entertainment and recreational facilities, personal care establishments (salons) and outdoor events taking place in the city.
These mandates, however, do not directly apply to employees of these establishments. Additionally, dining spaces that have “a roof or overhang and three or more walls” are considered “indoor locations.” Establishments are not required to ask for proof of vaccination for those who dine in outdoor areas. And restaurants and fitness centers that have both indoor and outdoor areas only must require proof of vaccination for spaces deemed as "indoors."
Wedding planners in Los Angeles will be interested to know that proof of vaccination is required for indoor gatherings at houses of worship where beverages and food are being served. However, if the food and drink is only being served as a part of a brief religious ceremony, vaccination proof is not required. Additionally, events with a cumulative attendance of 5,000 – 9,999 people over the course of the whole event fall under the SafePassLA mandate that requires proof of vaccination. In this instance, patrons may show, instead, a negative test for Covid-19 taken within the previous three days.
SafePassLA asks establishments to check proof of vaccination at the patron’s first interaction with staff. This proof of vaccination must accompany a valid form of identification as well (driver’s license, government ID, school or work identification, or passport) if the patron appears to be over the age of 18.
One of the key details of the SafePassLA ordinance is that enforcement will not begin for people who violate these rules until November 29, 2021. Patrons who have a medical condition or restriction, or a religious belief that bars them from receiving the vaccination are exempt from having to show proof of Covid-19 vaccination. In this instance, the patron must provide “verbal self-attestation to qualify for the exemption.”
Additional exemptions include brief use of indoor restrooms, individuals picking up or dropping off food (i.e. food delivery employees), nonresident performing artists and athletes, and locations operated by Los Angeles World Airports.